Prospect Ramblings: Calder Power Rankings 004

Brayden Olafson



If you’re just tuning in to the 2019 Calder Trophy Power Rankings here at DobberProspects, you’ve found us at as good of a time as any. I’ve been excited to use this bi-weekly ramblings platform for this ongoing segment that I’ve found to be a fun way to track the progress of our 2019 NHL rookie class. If you’re interested in how the rankings have progressed over the course of the first couple months of the year, you can find any of the previous editions here: 






… and now that we’ve begun to develop a bit of a trend in the rankings, I also thought it would also be great to start sharing the momentum of each player in graph format, so if you’re a visual type of person… feast your eyes:


The fourth edition of the Calder Power Rankings sees a resilient top-four who continue to contribute to their team’s offense in major capacity. In several cases, each of them has been a driving factor in their clubs’ success, making them almost exclusively undisputed in their respective positions within the rankings. Past the top-four, the rankings have seen a minor shakeup, with a couple of players making their debut!

1. D, Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche (-) | 7-18-25


The Ave’s defenseman has been continually earning his number one spot in the Calder Power rankings since day one of the season. The 21-year-old has been one of the most consistent offensive forces on an NHL blueline and continues to embarrass oppositions with highlight-reel plays and passes.  


2. D, Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks (-) | 2-16-18


While consistency is a theme among many of the top rookies, for Quinn Hughes, momentum has been hard to come by. The 20-year-old has relied on several multi-point outings but has been a risky bet on a nightly basis. If the bad momentum has a chance to build, he could tumble in the rankings, but for now, he maintains his spot at #2. 


3. C/RW, Martin Necas, Carolina Hurricanes (-) | 6-10-16


The former Calder Cup champion is making a strong case for… runner-up Calder Trophy winner as an NHL rookie. He’s in a neck-and-neck race with the dynamic Vancouver defenseman, however, thus far in the campaign, Necas has proven to be the more refined and consistent rookie. 


4. RW, Victor Olofsson, Buffalo Sabres (-) | 8-9-17


During the second half of November, Victor Olofsson has done a good job of easing the panic of fantasy owners who jumped to conclusions after his quiet finish to the month of October. The Sabres’ left-winger who’s been been a staple on the team’s top powerplay unit has earned more than half of his production on the man-advantage but maintains confidence at even strength. 


5. C, Kirby Dach, Chicago Blackhawks (NEW) | 5-5-10</